Chachi

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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Cayapa, Cha’ Palaachi, Cha’palaachi, Kayapa
Autonym
Cha’Palaa
Population

9,390 (2012 UNSD).

Location

Esmeraldas province: Cayapas river and tributaries (Canandé, Cojimíes, Onzole, Sucio, and others), north coastal jungle.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Elders and preschool-aged children are mostly monolingual (Crevels 2007). Also use Spanish [spa], but women, older adults, and those living in the isolated headwaters of the river are less bilingual in it.

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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